KATHMANDU — Nepali language litterateur Indra Bahadur Rai,, whose contributions to Nepali literature are innumerable, passed away after a prolonged illness in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal, on Tuesday evening. He was 93. He had fallen ill since the demise of his wife Maya Devi on August 27, 2017.
The famed writer was born on February 3, 1927 in Darjeeling. His first literary work ‘Bipana Katipaya’ was published in 1961. Though he finished his first novel ‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ in 1958, it was published only in 1964.
‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ was recently translated into English by writer Manjushree Thapa. The English translation of the book titled ‘There’s a Carnival Today’ was released in October last year. His last literary work was ‘Sampurak.’
Rai, who was honoured with doctorate degree last year by Tribhuvan University along with Ishwar Bhallav and Bairagi Kaila, added what is called ‘the third dimension’ to Nepali literature.
Rai was bestowed with the Sahitya Academy Award, Jagadambashree Award, among other awards, for his works. His body will be laid to rest on Thursday according to Rai tradition, family sources said.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.